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Former DTI official proposes appointment of price czar for TRAIN implementation

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A former official of the Department of Trade and Industry proposed the appointment of a ‘price czar’ that will coordinate the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.

According to Atty. Victor Dimagiba, former undersecretary of the DTI and currently the president of the Laban Konsyumer group, a top official must be tasked to monitor and manage the government agencies in executing the provisions of TRAIN.

“Sana may i-appoint na isang tao, top level official, na siyang mag-kukumpas sa lahat ng government regulators.” Dimagiba said during the DZRH’s One On One.

Dimagiba explained that the TRAIN law will not be solely in the hands of the DTI, and that at least five other government agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, will need to coordinate for TRAIN to properly work.

“Hindi kaya ng DTI, dahil sila sa non-agricultural basic good lamang sila. Wala sila sa transportation. Hindi nila marereview iyan.” Dimagiba said. “Pagdating sa karne, sa baboy, sa isda, sa manok, hindi rin macocompute ng DTI iyan. Department of Agriculture iyan.”

Meanwhile, the former Trade official also questioned the idea of having senators form an oversight committee for TRAIN.

Dimagiba insisted that TRAIN should have a ‘neutral’ supervisor, and will have a no conflict of interest regarding the Tax Reform Law..

“Sa Senado daw may mag-tatawag na oversight committee. Hindi eksato kung mga senador ang mag-ooversight kasi bumoto sila.” Dimagiba further added. “So dapat ito wala talagang conflict of interest. Wala siyang bias dito.”

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